Welcome back and happy spring!!! I know we are headed for some cold weather again, but there are some bulbs coming up in my yard, and I am pretty happy about it. I was also more than happy to see our clean slate of test results this week, and there is a steady stream of community members receiving their vaccination daily. Hope is in the air, and I look forward to a slow steady release of the restrictions the school is operating under right now.
A year ago, on the first Friday after vacation, we closed the school down at the start of the pandemic. We moved to remote learning, delayed graduation until late July, and canceled every event on the calendar. I am not sure I could list all the changes, hurdles, and challenges that the school and entire community has overcome, nor do I want to. However, on this anniversary, I will offer a sincere thank you to everyone for their support and commitment to the New School and Strong Wings. I am so incredibly proud of what these two programs have been able to provide children during these difficult times, and more importantly, what we will continue to provide as we safely conclude our pandemic experiences.
Recently, we polled the 7th and 8th grade families about their interest in expanding the New School by adding a 9th grade. The results were overwhelmingly supportive, and we continue to research that possibility. Hopefully, within ten days, we will have a final decision about adding a 9th grade year at the New School. Hang in there!!
4th Grade Jeopardy
The late Alex Trebek would have been proud of our 4th graders who put together a great school wide game of Jeopardy for Morning Meetings this week. There was a challenging “Todd” category, but the students only answered 2 of the 5 “Todd questions” correctly. Clearly this is because we are not having any community lunches where the kids are forced to sit with me and listen to me ramble endlessly- but we will be fixing that soon enough!! The winning team was the 3rd grade who did get a 30 point “Todd” question correct and saved me from deep emotional despair!! Thanks to the 4th grade for a fun week of morning meetings. Well done.
I will be glad to get through a full week of our academic routine starting Monday. We will also be back into the routine of testing, on Thursdays. This spring, testing will continue to be alternating weeks for students, just as we had been doing in the winter. Early next week you'll receive a list of the students who will be tested in school, and a schedule for the PK and K drive-up groups.